Page 6, 28th October 1938

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Page 6, 28th October 1938 — THE CATHOLIC WILL TO PEACE

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A Mode of Expression

SIR,—Again we readers of the Censure Hessian have to thank Mr. Douglas Jerrold for talking sanity in these chaotic days. But, may I ask—pending the acceptance of Mr. Jerrold's views by the Governments

of England, France and the United States —what are we Catholics going to do? I have on several previous occasions advocated the necessity of world unity in Catho lic activity, particularly on those world problems that affect us all; and I cannot see that it is impossible if the loyalty to Catholic ideals that one hears Catholics express isn't just lip-service!

Mr. Jerrold very truly says that " a Ger many freely co-operating in the tasks of a disarmed Europe is a Germany in which persecution will cease in the natural order " —I cordially agree; but when are we going to achieve the disarmed Europe? Someone has got to begin to disarm and who is going

to do it? Certainly not Germany, and for the very reasons Mr. Jerrold gives for Germany's present mood. And if England and France are frightened—and they unquestionably are very frightened—they won't begin either, The United States' attitude is heavily affected by the Monroe Doctrinaires—but they too are afraid—of Japan. Who then is going to take the initial step that will stop the armaments race? Otherwise it is going on—and if it goes on war is unquestionably inevitable. What then are we Catholics doing about this problem—for do something we must, or our Catholicism isn't worth a damn.

Facing this problem, there is one consideration to be remembered. We Englishspeaking Catholics have this pull over the non-English-speaking ones that we belong to nations that are too politically important to be ignored—we should therefore take advantage of that importance to act in such unity as leaves our respective Governments in no doubt whatsoever as to our solidarity for peace. 1 suggest that united action on the part of the Catholics of Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, S. Africa, New Zealand, the Crown Colonies, and the United States—demanding the calling of a real peace conference, to adjust the grievances fostering war, and insisting on disarmament—making these demands in force, all over the world, on the same date—such action would win the immediate support of all peoples throughout the world—besides proving that Catholic Action is not just a phrase. It would entail hard work—six months' hard work at least—in order to have the petitions ready for synchronised presentation on a given date; say June 1, 1939—but it could be done. On that date (or the given date), I suggest that the heads of the Catholic Hierarchy and Catholic notables in each English-speaking country, would present, to the Head of the State in person, a monster petition for peace. In England H.M. the King would be asked to receive it, in the U.S.A. President Roosevelt—throughout the Dominions the various Viceroys and Governors-General—all on the same day throughout the world. I'll wager that if the idea is seriously taken up we will find that it will fire other nations as well and King Leopold, Queen Wilhelmina, President Lebrun, and other heads of States will also be confronted on the same day with the Catholic will to peace. The point, sir, is—who will set this snowball in motion?


Haddiscoe Manor, near Norwich.

" Peace of Munich ".


SIR,—I am as far as it is possible to be from being a disciple of Mr. Eric Gill, and

I look upon " Pacifism " as a poisonous heresy, but I cannot help feeling great sympathy with your correspondent, Mr. R. N. Clark, when he says: " A war in which I was asked to take part as an ally of Soviet Russia is, to my mind. anathema, and further, the demands of Germany were just." I agree absolutely. If we had gone to war, on the side of Russia, in such a cause, this country would have been for ever dishonoured. We were saved from this fate by the Prime Minister, under God who answered our prayers. For those astonishing (but typically English) persons who were terrified about the prospect of war, and, the moment the danger was over, abused Mr. Chamberlain, I have the utmost contempt. It is my firm conviction that the " Peace of Munich " which has brought about, among other benefits, the confusion of Bolshevism, and the virtual collapse of the Franco-Russian alliance, to whose tail we were ignominiously attached, is the finest thing that has happened in Europe since the war. There should now be no danger of war for twenty years at any rate.


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